Interviews / Stories
Interview: Model Salomé Elliot (Sweden)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Salomé Elliot and I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1998 but brought up in the south of Sweden. I'm a full time student finishing my last year at the gymnasium Nya Malmö Latin in Malmö with Art and Crafts as my main subjects. At the weekends I travel to Copenhagen to work at a vegan restaurant.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
If I could change anything about myself, it would be my inability to let things go. I have a tendency to dwell on things in a way that sometimes can be a bit self destructive, because as we all know, worrying never really helped anyone!
How did you start modeling? At the age of 14 I was contacted by the owner of the web-shop www.whoopsfashion.se and did my first very photoshoot. Their interest in me took me by surprise, and one fitting later, I was modeling prom dresses, feeling like a million dollars!! 4 years on we are still working successfully together.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think that working as a model is in many ways a very demanding and difficult job. People have a tendency to ignore the hard work models have to go through to get that “perfect picture”.It’s not seldom 10-12 hour workdays. Hours of working out, and constantly watching your figure is probably the easiest part. Having to listen to people talking about and judging your appearance, sometimes very harshly, is according to me, thousand
times harder. To be a model you have to be able to stand up for yourself, and be strong. This is something that took me years to learn, but now I’m so thankful for what the industry has taught me.
What is your beauty regimen?
I usually don’t wear too much makeup or use heat on my hair, unless its for a job. This helps my skin to stay clear and also cleaning and moisturize
your face at least once a day is very important. Something else I also like to do, is always sleep with my hair in a twisted bun. This keeps it from getting tangled so I rarely never need to brush my hair, and it also helps to keep my curly hair from getting frizzy, a great tip for all those curlyhaired
girls and boys out there!
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I’m a very open and outgoing person when I’m doing a job, but in private I’m actually quite shy. Because of this people find megenuine and personal, and personal, it's easy to feel like you know me very well. I think its very important to find good people and surround yourself with contacts that can benefit you and your career. When people get the impression that they know me, it's easier for them to remember me and keep booking me for jobs in the future. Your personality is just as important as your appearance, and I always try to smile and keep a cheerful attitude towards my co workers. Even if I sometimes just want to lay alone in my bed and eat pizza and chill haha!
What are your plans for the future?
I'm going to finish school, and before I go onto further education I plan to travel. I want to see the world and I’d love to be able to do that through both modeling and as a tourist. My goal in life is to make a good living by doing the thing I love the most; create art!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
My favorite experience in general through modeling is seeing the results of a finished photoshoot. It's usually the greatest reward to just see what all hard work and discipline looks like. You can imagine what a photoshoot might look like and try to picture it in your head while you're standing there and posing, but I always tend to get surprised when I see the final outcome on the screen, it's like a adrenaline rush every time! However, my first time staying at a hotel by myself and doing a job for the greatly established, Swedish www.nelly.com is probably one of my most memorable experiences so far!
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
As I said before, it's very important to know that this is just as much a real job as any other mainstream desk job. It takes hard work, discipline and a great amount of luck. Also, sometimes it doesn't matter how hard you've worked or how much you want this, if the designer or casting director isn't looking for your type of appearance, they won't choose you -no matter how gorgeous you look(and yes girl you are GORGEOUS!). And then it's so very important to remember, you are good enough and perfect just the way you are, and you don't have to change anything to fit the expectations of your clients. Don't make the mistake of loose yourself in the industry -stay original and you will go far!
What do you think of the magazine?
I think it's an awesome magazine that shows a great variety of talents, and I love the fact that this type of platform exists! Giving people the chance to express themselves and their opinions about the industry that so many are affected by, it's truly an honor to get to be a part of this! Thank you!
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